Mother Jones Radio 05-09-25: Guilty Man: A Priest Fights the Death Penalty, and His Own Demons
Bill Wiseman wrote the first bill in America to legalize execution by lethal injection 30 years ago - and he regrets it. He was trying to make capital punishment kinder, but today he believes he made it easier. Now an Episcopal priest, Wiseman tells Angie why he opposes the death penalty and what he's doing about it. Journalist Vince Beiser, who profiled Wiseman for Mother Jones tells us about the priest's work. Plus, Mother Jones contributor Barry Yeoman tells us about Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's spectacular fall from grace. Scamming Indian clients for millions. Lavish congressional junkets. Did this close associate of Tom DeLay really think he'd never get caught? Yeoman tells us about his fatal missteps. Finally, we hear about another not-so-spectacular fall - that of Jeb Bush's son, arrested two weeks ago on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest. Political satirist Will Durst points out the Bush family's hypocrisy in telling the press they're "dealing privately" with this "personal family matter" after prying so shamelessly into the "family matter" of brain-dead Terri Schiavo.